Sunday, 15 May 2016

Jennifer Lauren Handmade and So Zo #MMMay16 Giveaway!

**THANKS EVERYONE WHO ENTERED, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS KAMILA!!!**


Ok Me-Made-Mayers! It's time to celebrate all your efforts further still with another of our weekly giveaways. This week, us organisers (myself and Jen) have come together to provide the prizes: a bumper collection of PDF sewing patterns. 



Jen of Jennifer Lauren Handmade (formerly Jennifer Lauren Vintage) is offering two sewing patterns OF YOUR CHOICE from her awesome range. Oh my goodness, there are so many beauties to choose from. How about her beautiful newly released Hunter tank pattern (pictured above)? Or the button lovers favourite, the Cressida skirt pattern (pictured below)? Or any of the other amazing options...



So what am I bringing to the table? Well I don't currently have a sufficient quantity of patterns to offer a choice, so I'm simply offering up both my two sewing patterns! There's the Dolores batwing pattern (pictured below) and the Anya shoulder bag pattern (pictured lower down in this post). 


To enter, all you have to do is answer a quick question: what's the next sewing technique you want to master? Leave your answer in a comment at the bottom of this post, and remember to include your email address if I can't easily find it within two clicks of my mouse.

Every time I host a giveaway, I end up having to redraw the winner because someone didn't leave a way for me to contact them. If you win but there's no email address, then there's no way to get the sewing patterns to you.



Your email address will not be used for any purpose other than contacting you if you are the winner. Please remember that the giveaway is open to participants of Me-Made-May only. Leave your comment by midnight GMT Saturday 21st May 2016. I will pick a winner by random number generator the following day and contact them soon after.

Good luck!

106 comments:

michal@fashchik.org.il said...

Hi
The next sewing technique you want to master.. zippers!!! pants zippers, side zippers. I know how to.. but they ever turn out really nice.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Stacie Pinkston said...

I am just starting out and I have trouble with darts. I would love to master them and pleats. Thanks for the chance to win!

Trees said...

I really want to master buttonholes! I've done the odd one here or there but my lack of confidence with them is holding me back from making shirt dresses and the like (which I LOVE). So its definitely the next technique I need to work through:)

Thanks for the giveaway - my e-mail is teresabuckthought@hotmail.com

Emily Handler said...

Despite the fact that I've made many good-looking, often-worn knit garments, I still have a long way to go before I master sewing with knits. Part of the problem is my current machine, and part of it is my attitude ("it's just a knit t-shirt, who cares if it's perfect or not?").

Bridget said...

I need to master sewing with lace, I've promised to make my sisters wedding dress and lace is featuring heavily in her design choices but I've never used it.

theresa shingler said...

I'd like to get to grips with the blind hem foot for my machine, it always seems too much of a hassle right at the end of a make.

Patricia Grundy said...

I'm having so much fun taking part this year, discovering lots of other people out there and seeing what their wardrobe looks like. So thank you for that! And I want to try to make trousers next. I'm terrified of them but I really need to learn. xx

joanna-mcc said...

I want to master fitting. I am learning gradually but it is taking time and lots of practice. I think if I can get really comfortable with fitting I will be more relaxed with every project. Joanna.mccreadie@ymail.com

MoodyCatCrafts said...

My next challenge is to sew something with a zip and buttonhole, I've always avoided those!

Jenny said...

I want to master finishing necklines and sleeves with bias tape. I've done it a few times now but always have to wrangle it into submission and then steam it half to death! There must be an easier way!

Nathalie Sews said...

I want to master bias tape. Or maybe try trousers
nathaliesewsthings@gmail.com

Unknown said...

What a great giveaway! I'm fairly new to sewing and have avoided any fastenings so would really like to tackle buttonholes and zips! My email is gillian_roy10*yahoo.co.uk

Claire Corry said...

As I am making much more of my wardrobe I really want to improve and understand fitting. I love the feeling of finishing a new garment, and can often just power through to finish. I think I need to slow down and learn how to make clothes fit my shape well. Thank you for the giveaway clairejcorry(@)gmail.com

Bryony said...

Making custom adjustments! I just struggle knowing what techniques to use and where to put them when a pattern doesn't quite work. That and self-drafting a sloper, only so I can check dart positions and general shape/fit of patterns I'm having trouble with (to start at least). Email bolney78@gmail.com

Claire Cooper said...

I really want to nail welt pockets and bound buttonholes. Yes I can do them, but the are never quite as good as I'd like them to be. More practise needed. I'd really like to be able to master bound buttonholes on fine fabric and use them for blouses.

Anke said...

I am relatively new at sewing, so almost every project I start has new techniques. I would love to learn French seams, and more about fitting! I've only just learnt to sew a zip and buttonholes, so those techniques could definitely use some improvement :-)

Ann Watts said...

Just bought a 32 piece kit of presser feet so need to master these. Top of my list is to master the edge stitcher to improve top stitching on bias binding and trying a walking foot on knot fabrics( also new to me) annwatts25@gmail.com

Jennifer Willis said...

I've not yet mastered biased binding for sleeve or neckline edges so that's my next goal!

Unknown said...

French seams they scare me!! Mariz@staalenkracht.eu

Hazie said...

Techniques I'd like to learn - all of them! I'm just starting out with dressmaking and finding it all very new. The skill I'd most like though is to be able to look at line drawings and visualise finished garments. I need to see photos of what someone else has already made at the moment before I have any good idea.

Frankie Carson said...

I'd love to master rolled hems and welt pockets!
This is a great giveaway!
Franki
knitwitsowls@gmail.com
http://knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk

sara valentin-byers said...

I started sewing at Christmas and have become a tad obsessed since! I have been sewing up a storm and next in my list is lining a garment - a bit too scary at the moment. I'd love to win this giveaway.
Sarakippford@gmail.com

twigletqueen said...

I'm planning to make a couple of men's shirts so I want to master a good tower placket. I think I might need a break with some nice easy projects first though!
H.c.sturdy@gmail.com
@pieandhandkerchiefs

Christals Creations said...

I keep telling myself I will try sewing knit and I will use my overlocker. . . I will. It makes no sense to have it sitting unused. fionabowman@hotmail.com x

Mary Maryall said...

Invisible zips! Somehow I always end up re-doing them.
Thanks for the opportunity! maryallhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com

Christine said...

I want to learn how to make lined garments.
chwatsonuppsala (at) gmail (dot) com

Linda said...

I'd like to learn how t make a pair of jeans, all that top stitching! My email address is pierce(at)tinyworld(dot)co(dot)uk. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennie Glaze said...

I've make lots of knit projects but keep shying away from wovens so I guess its how to make wovens work for my curvy body.

Kristina said...

I've still not totally mastered a proper notched collar for a suit jacket... Kn32(at)georgetown(dot)edu

Meg said...

I'd love to try and master welt pockets!!

Lisa Love Buns said...

I always struggle with inserting invisible zips.
Lisa_raisontrehy @ Yahoo.CO.uk

Anne Essex said...

I need to master cotton jersey as I tend to stretch it.
Thanks for MMM, I am just getting back into sewing after a twenty year break and am enjoying wearing my three tops and remembering to use my crochet bag.
Anne Essex at bt internet dot com

Kaitlyn said...

simplyvintage93@gmail.com

My next technique to master would be tailoring, I have plans to make a beautiful 1940's blue wool suit. I am planning t go all out with pad stitching, shoulder pads, steam shaping the wool.

Emma Gedge said...

I would really like to get to grips with a rolled hem! I've got a foot but every time I try it goes very wrong very quickly! I think I need to dedicate some time to it...

Thank you
emmagedge65@gmail.com

Hannah Inglis said...

I would like to master knit fabrics, from sewing with them to knowing the best weight/ type for which project.

surfjewels@hotmail.co.uk

vintagerockchick said...

I'm tempted to say 'bagmaking' - I really intended to make my ANYA before the end of MMM but time is running out! If that doesn't count, then perfecting neat and tidy buttonholes to match the right buttons would be a technique I'm like to properly master. Gill
vintagerockchick(at)hotmail(dot)com

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

I have to sew a placket and bib into my next top so that is going to be an interesting challenge.

Elizabeth said...

I would like to master fitting and sleeve plackets. There is always so much to learn in sewing!

Christine Rauch said...

My next aim is mastering welt pockets. And bound buttonholes! Somehow I've been avoiding both, and it's time.

rrjane011749 said...

I need help with sleeve plackets! They give me headaches!

beassewingadventures said...

I'm aiming for Invisible Zips. I love the look of them, but I've never been confident enough in my skills or my sewing machine to tackle them. I now have a spanking new sewing machine and a super sewing teacher, so I have no reason not to give them a go.

I'm at mizztigger@hotmail.co.uk

Lynne said...

I really need to learn how to sew a proper fly my email is lynnedayer @ hotmail.com

Kim mullen said...

I've just purchased a new machine with a larger embroidery unit. I have heard you can make buttonholes all at once in the hoop, so that's my next technique to try! With sewing there is always something new to practice! :)

Elizabeth said...

I need to learn the FBA. So many patterns waiting for me if I can brave that one!

My email is ebgracie77 (at) gmail.com

kalimak said...

I'd like to learn to sew flat-felled seams. I'd like to do more non-selfish sewing and that means men's shirts.

PS: I love your weekly Me-Made May round-ups, especially when Dolores is featured as well :-)

(Email: swarmofchickadees [at] gmail [dot] com)

Caroline said...

I'd love to master twin-needling. I've tried many times but with no success!
So glad it's me made may again!
carolineparadigmdesign@googlemail.com

BB said...

I am desperate to get pants fitting down. Perhaps it's time to take a class. Thanks to your site I sewed up two pairs of Undies for myself yesterday and so the only hole in my handmade wardrobe is pants, most specifically jeans. I have the Ginger Jeans pattern but my first attempt was unsuccessful. Need to figure out how to modify the pattern a bit to get the exact fit I want.

bsbatting@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I really want to push my sewing and make some jeans. I also want to get over my fear of my overlocker.... I know what it can do but always avoid using it.
Smithjen49@googlemail.com

Kathy M said...

I would like to learn how to sew thin, sheer fabrics.

pip edmiston said...

I am fairly new to sewing, so I'd love to perfect inserting a zipper! I also want to try and make my own bias tape to colour match my garments :)

Email: phillipa.edmiston@gmail.com

Alexandra said...

I would love to master sewing with floaty fabrics. I think I've (almost) mastered cottons but I can't wait to tackle silk! (alexandrampatterson AT gmail DOT com)

Teresa said...

What a fab giveaways!
I'd love to master sewing with stretch fabric, I'd love to make my own tshirts!
Teresa
teresabettelley@hotmail.com

Shannon said...

This is more of a collection of skills, but I'd love to master bra-making! I've made one bra with reasonable success, but the fit wasn't great and I definitely need to give the pattern another try. Thanks for the giveaway! youngseamstress@gmail.com

Nadja Schäfer said...

I jump on the bandwagon and say bra-making. It's not a technique but I haven't had the guts to give it a try.
My address is Nadja_schaefer@freenet.de

H said...

I want to master sewing with knits, ji desperately want to see clothes for my baby boy. Especially seeing so many people see for their kids, what with kids clothes week and all, I just want to get making!

Georgia said...

Great competition! I don't know where to begin with the list of techniques I want to learn! But one thing I do want to master is a blind hem, I think after my current project and I'm going to have a look at learning to do a blind hem.
georgia_lloyd (at) msn .com

B-rouchka said...

Sewing in lining in jackets: already tried once but without much success, so I probably need to buy a pattern with good and detailed instructions on how to sew in the lining.

Woosterwoo said...

I'm just attempting my first box pleats... wish me luck 😊 Thank you for the giveaway. wendy_lawes@hotmail.com

Eirini said...

Good question! Let's start: Double welt pockets, lining a jacket, lining a skirt, sewing with lace...I have used sporadically the first three techniques but I am far from feeling that I master them. Lace is on my to- do projects in the short run- i have lined up all the supplies already...

Jessie Johnson said...

Would love to master the art of getting a perfect fit! When I was young, I could pull a pattern out of the envelope, pin it down, cut it out, sew it up and then wear it with pride. Nearly 40 years, 4 children, weight gains/losses, and the effects of life and aging, it takes hours to alter/adjust/tweak the pattern before I can even begin to think about sewing!

Amanda Andrews said...

I really want to master a Full Bust Adjustment, at my size I really should have been doing them already but they scare me so I've decided it will be my next adventure!
email is amandaandrewsaus@gmail.com

karen christensen said...

I want to learn to make garments fit better in baby steps. I haven't had much luck getting this done.

Karen said...

I'd like to learn how to use knit fabrics- using an ordinary machine, no overlocker! Thanks for the chance to win :) I'm at otagogrrl at xtra dot co dot nz .

Renata said...

I really want to master zips especially invisible ones

vanessa said...

I'd like to learn to make shirt sleeve plackets that don't look mangled. And knit hems that look smooth and lie flat. I know that's two things. But let's just count it as one technique each for knits and wovens. :)
passfailsewing at gmail.com

Christine Sweeney said...

Yay - amazing patterns, all.
Next, I want to make pj's for the 8 yr old boy boy with his choice of flannel pj fabric.
Leaving my email address: sweeney.christine@gmail.com

Katy M said...

I'd love to get over my phobia of sewing knit fabric!

erin said...

I'd like to get better at consistently spaced topstitching on my shirt collar stands. It's not that they look horrible but I know they could be better.

crabigailadams said...

Next on my list: pintucks. I've experimented a bit but have yet to get them as flat as I would like. (ciaraxyerra@gmail.com)

Leah Canada said...

I would like to master sewing with knits. I have sewn with stable knits a few times but I have this rayon striped knit that's so stretchy, I don't know what to do! Leah(dot)E(dot)Canada @ Gmail(dot)com

Debi said...

bound buttonholes...those pesky little things! xx

Karin said...

I've just purchased an overlocker and I'd love to master how to use it!

Carolyn Nottingham said...

Sewing a pair of trousers, I have the pattern, I have the fabric, I have yet to find the courage. carolynottingham7822@gmail.com

Alex Walch said...

Ugh definitely button holes. I didn't factor in that I havent done them before and I'm panicking now I have four garments awaiting button holes and theyre accompanying buttons...
awalch_art@hotmail.com

pootleandmake said...

Trousers. I'm working on my second pattern. It's a side zip design so baby steps. One day I'd like to progress to a front fly style. choistie @ yahoo dot com

Flavia Gaspar said...

After overcoming my fear of buttonholes (yes!), I am eager to learn shirring, which I have not tried yet.

Amanda L. Woade said...

I still need to master topstitching - I can do it, it just isn't always the pretty and perfect little line that it -should- be.

H Handcrafts said...

I'm currently working on getting my hems neater. Theres something about them that baffles me - particularly curves! hshandcrafts[at]gmail[dot]com

Melwyk said...

Like many other commenters, I want to master buttonholes. I'm planning on making shirtdresses this summer so I can practice a lot!

Masha said...

Not necessarily a technique, but I've yet to make a proper collared shirt with separate stand and collar and I am a bit intimidated.

Turbo said...

I'm interested in adding structure to dresses, like a built-in bra. Thanks!!

Megan said...

Gosh, does fit count as a technique? lol I'm always on the quest for getting things to fit my body better. Other than that I have plans to work with stretch lace for the first time on a top, so that would probably be my next "technique" :) showandtellmeg (at) gmail

Lotte Bertelsen said...

I want to Master the invisible hem. I'm practiseing the Butt out off my pants.

lotte_bertelsen@yahoo.dk

Fooniks said...

I really want to master everything that goes into making lingerie. I've been thinking about making a bra for forever but it all seems so daunting. Fooniksblog[at]gmail.com

chrichri said...

I would really like to try my hand at Hong Kong bound seams. chrichrimano (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jayne said...

I would really like to make a vintage inspired coat for next winter and the technique I would like to master is a bound buttonhole.
Thestitchingmagpie(at) gmail.com

Shannon Phillips said...

I would love to try welt pockets! kaloskraft(at)gmail(dot)com

Emma Scragg said...

I sew on a treadle Singer so some of my options are limited for machine sewing. Like many others, I would like to perfect the welt pocket as this would be achievable on my straight line machine and allow me to create discreet pockets (I always need pockets for something). mail@emmascragg.com Blog- www.sistersew.wordpress.com

Kate said...

This summer, I would like to master pants & shorts that fit me well and some of the sewing techniques for sewing jeans & heavy denim fabric.
kdb (dot) bali (at) gmail (dot) com

helen frampton said...

Having watched the Great British Sewing Bee last night I want to master cutting on the bias as the tops they made in the first challenge look like they would be a great staple for my summer work wardrobe.

ahsh.frampton(at)gmail.com

Anja Singer said...

I would like to master sewing a bathing suit, that suits me well.

singeranj@gmail.com

BLD in MT said...

Darts. I need to just get over this fear and do it. The few times I've tried they were wonky and made me unhappy. I've stuck to princess seams since then, as a way to avoid having to learn how to do it properly. But, that does limit my pattern range. Thanks for forcing me to "say" that out loud. bldinmt2016 (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I want to learn how to make a full-bust adjustment to t-shirt patterns. It's next on my list! amanda.chanel (at) gmail (dot) com

Regan Louise said...

I would love to be more confident with zippers and waistbands, so I can see more woven garments. reganlf@gmail.com

Nicole said...

The next technique I would like to learn, and am in the process of doing, is making a sloper with my measurements, so I can alter patterns to fit me perfectly!
theartyologist (at) yahoo (dot) ca

pocketforsweets said...

I really fancy giving shashiko embroidery a try - it looks like it might add an extra little something to certain projects. That and hemming slinky fabrics without wanting to cry...
pocketforsweets@gmail.com

Sara Hauge said...

I would really love to master a buttonhole. So I can make all the shirts and button-up skirts in the world.
s4rahauge (at) gmail.com

MMMay on @saramadethat on instagram

Andie W. said...

My email is andiemkwells(at)gmail.com

I'd love to master some couture techniques. :)

Anonymous said...

I really want to master elastics on my swimsuits, haven't gotten those quite right. Thanks. And email is eileenbayer@yahoo.com

Debera Massahos said...

I'd like to get better at inserting zippers. I can manage an invisible zip just fine but seem to have more trouble with lapped zips. Go figure!

Emily said...

I am considering trying out a french seam - from what I understand, they are not difficult, just require some backward thinking. Thanks for the give away, and congrats on the boy - I have 2 and they are fun!

kathy said...

Knits, definitely. I do all right but switching from hefty bag making to tender knits is quite the gear switch.
I'm in the market for binders for my coverstitch - if you have any thoughts about picking the best one.
Thanks for the giveaway.

EmSewCrazy said...

Fabulous giveaway!
I want to "master" pattern alterations... I know this is an ever evolving art but i would like to be able to make most changes to my patterns without wondering if I am going to mess the whole thing up...
emsewcrazyatyahoodotcom

Misskayuk said...

Thanks for organising and the giveaway. I would love to master my new serger(Overlocker).
Kayasuni at yahoo.co.uk

Maggy Heath said...

I would like to master buttonholes. I learned to do it by hand and machine at school but that was nearly half a century ago and I've been avoiding them!
Maggy at sutton372@btinternet.com

Helen said...

I'm just starting out in sewing, but I think I'd like to master the set in sleeve. Or perhaps just using my sewing machine. I have been sewing by hand for nearly a decade, but my machine kinda scares me!
frolicoffersatgmaildotcom

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